Pair go to hos­pi­tal af­ter RNLI res­cue

Sunday Sun - - News - By Ian Mc­neal and Kathryn Rid­dell

TWO men have been taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a ma­jor search and res­cue op­er­a­tion off the North East coast.

Hum­ber Coast­guard, the RNLI and Cleve­land Po­lice, the North East Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and the Great North Air Am­bu­lance were in­volved in the large op­er­a­tion at South Gare break­wa­ter, north of Red­car, in Teesside yes­ter­day morn­ing.

It has now emerged that two peo­ple had en­tered the freez­ing wa­ters.

The coast­guard said the op­er­a­tion was a search and re­cov­ery for man in the wa­ter who had been swept off by the tide.

It is not yet known how he came to be in the wa­ter.

A sec­ond man also en­tered the wa­ter off the pier but man­aged to make his own way out back on to land.

A spokesman said Red­car and Staithes coast­guard were both in­volved, along with Red­car lifeboat and the coast­guard res­cue he­li­copter af­ter a call at 8.10am.

The RNLI said the Red­car lifeboat was launched at 8.12am af­ter a call at 8.10am.

RNLI Red­car spokesman Dave Cocks said they re­sponded with two boats to a call of a man in the wa­ter off South Gare.

He said the man was quickly lo­cated by the larger lifeboat and brought on the to ves­sel. Emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment was then car­ried out on board as the man was re­turned to shore.

He was then handed over to am­bu­lance crews for treat­ment to con­tinue.

Mr Cocks said on­shore lifeboat crew mem­bers also then found a sec­ond man on the break­wa­ter.

He added: “He [the sec­ond man] was ex­tremely cold and and had suf­fered a num­ber of in­juries from fall­ing in the wa­ter and from get­ting back out again.”

The North East Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said it was called at 8.22am to re­ports of two pa­tients who had been in the wa­ter.

Two para­medic am­bu­lances, a rapid re­sponse unit, the air am­bu­lance and two haz­ardous area re­sponse teams at­tended.

A NEAS spokesman said: “Two pa­tients were taken to­james Cook Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal.”

Hum­ber Coast­guard said the in­ci­dent had con­cluded by 10.20am.

Cleve­land Po­lice was un­able to re­lease any de­tails about the in­ci­dent, say­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still on­go­ing.

■ Two peo­ple were res­cued from the wa­ter at South Gare, Red­car

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